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LR Indoor Track and Field Programs to Send Seven to Nationals

After both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams finished second place at the 2024 SAC Indoor Championships, the Bears will send seven student-athletes to next weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

For the men’s squad, LR will have four representatives led by the SAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Meet Bamidele Ajayi. After winning the 400-meter event with his time of 48.67, the freshman will compete in a national title in his first collegiate season.

In addition to his individual competition, Ajayi will be one of the four legs in the 4×400-meter relay team that qualified for the national championships. The rest of the four-man team is comprised of Marcus Crumpler, Clarence McGill and Olawole Olanrewaju.

While the group did not finish in the conference championships, the four men have collected two first place finishes in the indoor season at the VMI Winter Relays and the South Carolina Invitational.

On the women’s side, Alexis Brown will have the chance to defend her crown in the 200-meter dash. The sophomore won the conference championship over the weekend with a time of 24.03.

Joining Brown in the 200-meter event will be Victoria Aransiola, who finished 36 hundredths of a second behind Brown with a time of 24.39. The freshman also took the top spot in the prelim event on the opening day of the conference championships.

In addition to competing in the 200-meter race, Brown will also compete in the 60-meter dash. Just like her success in the aforementioned race, Brown won the 60-meter event with a 7.25 posting; that time was good enough for a new SAC Championship record.

Also slated to compete in the upcoming national championships is Carolin Fuehren. The freshman won the conference title in the 800-meter race with her time of 2:11.16. That mark was three seconds faster than the previous time at the SAC Indoor Championships

The 2024 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated to begin on Friday, March 8. The two-day event is hosted by Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.